cognomen

noun cog·no·men \ käg-ˈnō-mən , ˈkäg-nə- \

Definition of cognomen

plural cognomens or cognomina play \käg-ˈnä-mə-nə, -ˈnō-\
1 : surname; especially : the third of usually three names borne by a male citizen of ancient Rome — compare nomen, praenomen
2 : name; especially : a distinguishing nickname or epithet

cognominal

play \käg-ˈnä-mə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of cognomen in a Sentence

  1. richly deserved the cognomen of “Butterfingers”

  2. “Christopher Columbus” is the Latinized cognomen of the navigator who was known to his Spanish crewmates as Cristóbal Colón

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Origin and Etymology of cognomen

Latin, irregular from co- + nomen name — more at name



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